God Grew Tired of Us Christopher Quinn

God Grew Tired of Us Christopher Quinn
Apt to knock the wind out of any viewer unappreciative of the quality of western life, God Grew Tired of Us documents the extreme endurance of the human spirit via the hellish existence forced upon the "lost boys” of the Sudan. In 1983, some 26,000 Sudanese boys of the Dinka tribe were driven from their homeland by a horrific civil war, their families either slaughtered or separated by the chaos. These orphans banded together for a journey that saw them spend five years walking in search of safety to Ethiopia, back to the Sudan and finally, to Kenya, where they survived in the Kakuma refugee camp. Director Christopher Quinn enters the picture when a program is launched to relocate many of the lost boys to America. Using archival footage to give visual background to the hardships of the boys’ nomadic time in the desert, Quinn records an oral history through years of interviews at the camp with the boys, now grown men, while they wait to see who will be relocated to the U.S. Latching on to three particularly well-spoken and insightful members — John, Panther and Danielle — Quinn follows their transition from African to American living. The film never wavers in its respect for its subjects, while following their culture shock. The reactions of these men to many of our customs and products are quite telling — it’s no surprise that airline food, their first western cuisine, is not of the quality they are accustomed to. Introductions to electricity, indoor plumbing, beds and groceries are similarly amusing but it’s the Dinka sense of community that illuminates the cultural differences and explains how a people with so little have so much joy and vitality through their sense of kinship with one another. A commentary track with the director and three lost boys gives much insight into the Dinka culture and philosophy, while "Finding the Lost Boys” follows the filmmaking process and how Panther, John and Daniel became the primary focus. (Alliance Atlantis)